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Merry Christmas and Happy Summer Holidays to all our readers.

A fresh news report will next be posted on the 13th February 2018.


Recipes for Home & School by Pip Duncan, Food Safety & Nutrition Consultant sourced from the website of Choice Catering Equipment Limited
The Gardening Gnome

2017 November and December releases order now for Christmas.

A must read for all teachers and sports coaches
The Greatest by Matthew Syed
What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? Read more…
A Gift for Sci-Fi enthusiasts – The seventh and latest book in the Expanse Series
Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse Series–now a major television series. Read more…
A Summer Holiday comedy for 9 to 14 years released just in time for Christmas!
Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke
James Patterson’s newest hilarious heroine returns, in the sequel to the smash hit Jacky Ha-Ha. Read more…
The New Jack Ryan Jr. Thriller
Tom Clancy’s Power and Empire by Marc Cameron
A growing threat from China leaves US President Jack Ryan with only a few desperate options in this continuation of internationally bestselling Tom Clancy series. Read more…
Twenty – two powerful creative essays by New Zealand writers
HOME: new writing edited by Thom Conroy
Fine essays from twenty-two of New Zealand’s best writers. Read more…
Winner of the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction 2017
Can You Tolerate This? – 21 Personal Essays by Ashleigh Young
In this spirited and singular book, Young roams freely from preoccupation to preoccupation. Read more…
Just in Time for Christmas – NEW from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Getway by Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. Read more…
A biography of a great NZ literary editor written by his son
My Father’s Island – A Memoir by Adam Dudding
After the death of his brilliant, eccentric father, Adam Dudding went in search of the stories and secrets of a man who had been a loving parent and husband, but was also a tormented, controlling and at times cruel man. Read more…
A poetry selection spanning 40 years plus from one of NZ’s most popular poets
Selected Poems by Ian Wedde
With selections from 1971’s Homage to Matisse all the way through to 2013’s The Lifeguard, Ian Wedde’s. Read more…
Two times Booker Prize winner releases a new novel based on Australian History
A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey
Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. Read more…
The new Jack Reacher thriller
The Midnight Line by Lee Child
Can you wait for the return of Reacher in 2017? Jack Reacher is back, in a new chilling, deadly adventure. Read more…
A ‘Save the World’ technological thriller involving genetics written for older teens and young adults
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague. Read more…
Hilarious stories for early learners created by 2 New Zealanders
I need a New Bum! And other stories by Dawn McMillan, illustrated by Ross Kinnaird
This is a new release of the famous 2012 book “I Need a New Bum” along with Seagull Sid and the naughty things his seagulls did! Read more…
A debut novel for older primary children written by a social media magician and Instagram sensation
My Magical Life by Zach King
A debut middle-grade series from the mega-talented Zach King, full of laughs, zany action and more than a hint of magic. Read more…
The 7th Book in the Brotherband Fantasy series
Brotherband 7: The Caldera by John Flanagan
Hal and the Heron Brotherband must infiltrate a pirate stronghold to rescue a future emperor in the seventh book of the worldwide bestselling Brotherband series. Read more…
Terrific and new New Zealand poetry
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017
Continually in print since 1951, when it was established by leading poet Louis Johnson, this annual collection of new poetry, reviews and essays is the ideal way to catch up with the latest poetry from established and emerging New Zealand poets. Read more…
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2018 school terms

Term 1 - 11 weeks

Between Monday 29 January (at the earliest) and Wednesday 7 February (at the latest).

Friday 13 April
(90 -102 half days)

Public holidays:
Waitangi Day 6 February,
Easter: Good Friday 30 March,
Easter Monday 2 April
and Easter Tuesday 3 April (a school holiday)
School holiday: Saturday 14 April - Sunday 29 April (includes ANZAC day 25 April).

Term 2 - 10 weeks


Monday 30 April

Friday 6 July
(98 half days)

Public holiday:
Queen’s Birthday 4 June
School holiday: Saturday 7 July – Sunday 22 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 23 July

Friday 28 September
(100 half days) School holidays: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks

Monday 15 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Thursday 20 December
(96 half days)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Tuesday 18 December
(92 half days)**

Public holidays:
Labour Day 22 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
School holiday: 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2018.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2018.